Being in Australia away from Jerry over the Christmas break is hard, but our phone calls are always magical, and this was no exception …

Melinda J. Irvine

The Christmas mail to my parent’s house brought a wonderful surprise today, the much anticipated book (and some extra surprises) by my dear friend June Perkins, Magic Fish Dreaming.

If you have been following my blog you will know that I’m currently home in Australia working and raising money to legally adopt my little boy Jerry, and I called him not long after the parcel arrived, and that phone call was almost as wonderful as the book itself.

As I read pieces of the poetry to him he began singing the words like lyrics back through the phone. And what is even more beautiful is the magical place he is, believing everything I say.


“Fairies Teeth!” he exclaimed loudly. “No, I didn’t see that Tita Mel! They have magic?”

His enthusiasm and delight gushed through the phone as I told him about a boy and a girl on the front cover with different coloured skin.

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